Lofibra (fenofibrate) is used in congruence with a low-fat diet to reduce the fatty substances, such as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and increase high-density lipoprotien (HDL), which reduces chances of heart disease. A build up of cholesterol or fatty substances in the blood stream reduces blood flow to the brain, heart, and other vital organs of the body. This increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart disease, and chest pain. Therefore, it is very important to take care of this condition.
Fenofibrate comes in a capsule, a delay-time release capsule, and tablet that are taken by mouth. Lofibra should be taken with a meal. You should always follow the instructions given on the prescription bottle, or take Lofibra as directed by a doctor. Your doctor will start you on an average dose amount and then either increase or decrease the dosage amount depending on laboratory tests that determine the amount of fatty substances in the blood stream. Your doctor may tell you to stop taking Lofibra if your blood results have no change after 2 months of treatment. If you experience any of these serious side effects stop using fenofibrate and call your doctor at once, these side effects include:
- muscle pain or tenderness
- joint pain
- blistering or peeling skin
- pain in the upper back between the shoulder blades or under the right shoulder
- stomach pain, especially in the upper right part of the stomach
- redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, or warmth in one leg
- shortness of breath
- pain when breathing
- coughing up blood
Some common side effects that occur are:
- joint pain;
- bloating or gas; or,
Side effects similar to Crestor side effects include:
- nausea, stomach pain;
- constipation, diarrhea; or
If you experience any side effects that do not go away or are unusual contact your doctor immediately.
Lofibra is only part of a complete program. Healthy diet and exercise will also help the effectiveness of this drug. Avoid drinking alcohol with Lofibra, alcohol raises the triglyceride level in the blood and my damage your liver while taking Lofibra. Fenofibrate, the main ingredient in Lofibra, has been linked to a severe muscle side effect. Call your doctor if you experience any muscle pain, tenderness and weakness, or have any flu-like feelings.
Be careful not to overdose on Lofibra. If overdose occurs contact your poison control center immediately, or contact emergency medical personnel by calling 911.